Tyson Fury’s clash with Oleksandr Usyk was just two weeks away but an injury in sparring means their undisputed clash has been postponed.
Boxing fans were once again left deflated after Fury vs Usyk was postponed for the second time in just three months due to a sparring mishap.
Footage of the incident was widey circulated on social media.
‼️ Footage has now emerged appearing to show the moment Tyson Fury was cut by an ELBOW in sparring, causing the Oleksandr Usyk fight to be postponed… pic.twitter.com/dDy3e0Cv4o
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) February 2, 2024
Frank Warren had told TalkSPORT Fury was sparring a Croatian heavyweight when the injury happened and according to Sky Sports, it is understood to be Agron Smakici, who has a record of 20-2.
Many fans believed the blow to be from an elbow but this has been disputed by Smakici who claims it was a ‘clear punch’.
Boxing Talk (as per The Sun) claim that, in a text message to a third party following the sparring session, Smakici said: “It was a clear punch so I don’t feel bad.”
A disappointed Tyson Fury said in a statement: “I am absolutely devastated after preparing for this fight for so long and being in such superb condition. I feel bad for everyone involved in this huge event and I will work diligently towards the rescheduled date once the eye has healed. I can only apologise to everyone affected including my own team, Team Usyk, the undercard fighters, partners, and fans as well as our hosts and my friends in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”